"COINTELPRO (an acronym for COunter INTELligence PROgram) was a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveying, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations. National Security Agency operation Project MINARET targeted the personal communications of leading Americans, including Senators Frank Church and Howard Baker, civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, journalists and athletes who criticized the Vietnam War."This is a real program, which really happened (not hypothetical, not fiction).
In light of this, consider recent revelations:
"Some of the vulnerabilities, if exposed, would likely call into question a radicalizer's devotion to the jihadist cause, leading to the degradation or loss of his authority."This is not a program to discover real, imminent threats to the safety of Americans. It is a program to gather information to use against anyone the government considers a threat (whether a threat to American lives, or a threat to government interests).
Again, the argument is not that the program has been misused, or that there are no safeguards to prevent misuse.
This capability should not exist - it is a threat to the freedom of Americans. Do not look at how it is currently being used, imagine how it could be used by your political enemies.